First-timer leads 3* eventing field at HOY

First time at three-star level and Sarah Young and Leo Degas have the lead!

Sarah Young and Leo Degas lead the CIC3* class (Image: Take the Moment)

Sitting on 46.9pen, Sarah Young and Leo Degas hold the lead in their first-ever CIC3* event – and it is not just any event, it is Eventer of the Year at the Horse of the Year Show.

Sitting Second in the 3* – Jackson Bovill-Visionnaire (Image: Take the Moment)

Jackson Bovill and his mare  Visionnaire are not far behind on 47.3, though Sarah would have had a bigger lead, had a “brain-fade” course error not cost her. Samantha Felton and Ricker Ridge Pico Boo are third on 47.6.

Sitting 3rd in the 3* Samantha Felton – Ricker Ridge Pico Boo (Image: Take the Moment)

In the CIC2*, Bundy Philpott and Tresca NZPH produced a good test to take the lead on a score of 40.6. Kimberley Rear is second on Delta Legacy, with 45, and Donna Edwards-Smith third on DSE Cluny with 47.8.

Bundy Philpott and Tresca NZPH lead the 2* after dressage (Image: Take the Moment)

The show jumping phase is on tomorrow and the cross-country is held first thing on Saturday morning, when the eventers wind their way through trade stands and the main arena, on John Nicholson’s course.

Kimberley Rear & Delta Legacy, second in the 2* (Image: Take the Moment)

In 2014, John was one of the first course designers in the world to make competitors go through a marquee of a trade stand and, fittingly, it was Sarah Young, when riding at 2* level, who was the first to negotiate her way under the canvas! We are yet to see if this year’s course will include another foray through a marquee. Many of the riders were still to walk the course, as there are other competitions taking place in the showgrounds. From what we can see of the fences, they look well-built and have been very useful for the audience watching other disciplines, whether it be to sit on or the children to climb on!

Donna Edwards-Smith & DSE Cluny hold third place in the 2* (Image: Take the Moment)


1 Leo Degas Sarah Young 46.9
2 Visionnaire Jackson Bovill 47.3
3 Ricker Ridge Pico Boo Samantha Felton 47.6
4 Just Kidding Amanda ‘Muzi’ Pottinger 48.5
5 Pioneer Brass Monkey Ashleigh Mckinstry 49.6



1 Tresca NZPH Bundy Philpott 40.6
2 Delta Legacy Kimberley Rear 45
3 DSE Cluny Donna Edwards-Smith 47.8
4 Just de Manzana Jessica Woods 49.5
5 Waitangi Pinterest Madison Crowe 49.7